What does Opposition mean?

Definitions for Opposition
ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ənop·po·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, oppositionnoun

    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

    "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"

  2. opposition, oppositenessnoun

    the relation between opposed entities

  3. confrontation, oppositionnoun

    the act of hostile groups opposing each other

    "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"

  4. opposition, opponent, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

  5. oppositionnoun

    a body of people united in opposing something

  6. oppositionnoun

    a direction opposite to another

  7. enemy, foe, foeman, oppositionnoun

    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  8. Oppositionnoun

    the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected

    "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"


  1. oppositionnoun

    The action of opposing or of being in conflict.

  2. oppositionnoun

    An opposite or contrasting position.

  3. oppositionnoun

    An opponent in some form of competition.

  4. oppositionnoun

    The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other as seen from the Earth.

  5. oppositionnoun

    A political party opposed to the party or government in power.

  6. oppositionnoun

    In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.

  7. oppositionnoun

    A position in which the player on the move must yield with his king allowing his opponent to advance with his own king.

  8. Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oppositionnoun

    Etymology: opposition, Fr. oppositio, Lat.

    Cry’d oh! and mounted; found no opposition
    From what he look’d for should oppose. William Shakespeare.

    Virtue which breaks thro’ all opposition,
    And all temptation can remove,
    Most shines, and most is acceptable above. John Milton.

    He considers Lausus rescuing his father at the hazard of his own life, as an image of himself when he took Anchises on his shoulders, and bore him safe thro’ the rage of the fire and the opposition of his enemies. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    They who never tried the experiment of a holy life, measure the laws of God not by their intrinsical goodness, but by the reluctancy and opposition which they find in their own hearts. John Tillotson, Serm. 6.

    The parts of every true opposition do alway both concern the same subject, and have reference to the same thing, sith otherwise they are but in shew opposite, and not in truth. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 48.

    Reason can never permit the mind to reject a greater evidence, to embrace what is less evident, nor allow it to entertain probability in opposition to knowledge and certainty. John Locke.


  1. opposition

    Opposition is the state of being in disagreement, hostility, or conflict with someone or something. It can also refer to a political party or group that stands against the party in power, acting as a check on their actions. Additionally, in an abstract sense, it can describe the relationship between two ideas or concepts that are in complete contrast or contradiction with each other.


  1. Opposition

    Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. Note that this article uses the term government as it is used in Parliamentary systems, i.e. meaning the administration or the cabinet rather than the state. The title of "Official Opposition" usually goes to the largest of the parties sitting in opposition with its leader being given the title "Leader of the Opposition". In First Past the Post assemblies, where the tendency to gravitate into two major parties or party groupings operates strongly, government and opposition roles can go to the two main groupings serially in alternation. In this context, the opposition forms a recognised, even semi-official "government-in-waiting". Its "opposing" can degenerate into a charade pending the eventual exchange of roles and occupation, or reoccupation, of the Treasury benches. The more proportional a representative system, the greater the likelihood of multiple political parties appearing in the parliamentary debating chamber. Such systems can foster multiple "opposition" parties which may have little in common and minimal desire to form a united bloc opposed to the government of the day.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opposition

    op-ō-zish′un, n. state of being placed over against: position over against: repugnance: contrariety: contrast: act or action of opposing: resistance: that which opposes: obstacle: (logic) a difference of quantity or quality between two propositions having the same subject and predicate: the party that opposes the ministry or existing administration: (astron.) the situation of heavenly bodies when 180 degrees apart.—n. Opposi′tionist, one who belongs to an opposing party, esp. that opposed to the government. [Opposite.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. opposition

    A celestial body is said to be in opposition to the sun when their longitudes differ 180°, or half the circumference of the heavens.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Opposition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1072

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Opposition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2919

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Opposition' in Nouns Frequency: #496

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Opposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Opposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Opposition in a Sentence

  1. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Some circles, including Russia, they want to spoil the opposition side, putting some other elements in the opposition side like the YPG, which has been collaborating with the regime and attacking the moderate opposition.

  2. Ronald Reagan:

    The Soviet Union would remain a one-party nation even if an opposition party were permitted-because everyone would join that party.

  3. John Boswell:

    The New Testament takes no demonstrable position on homosexuality. To suggest that Paul's references to excesses of sexual indulgence involving homosexual behavior are indicative of a general position in opposition to same-sex eroticism is as unfounded as arguing that his condemnation of drunkenness implies opposition to the drinking of wine.

  4. Ibrahim Hooper:

    It’s been our experience that any time a Muslim community anywhere seeks to expand or establish a mosque or some other kind of institution, there will be some type of opposition, when you scratch the surface, often there is a tremendous level of bigotry and stereotyping in the opposition.

  5. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Turkey will be supporting any initiative for a political solution in Syria, except the only criteria we want is that the moderate opposition should be represented by their own will and initiative. There should not be any representation of terrorist groups around the table, some circles, including Russia, they want to spoil the opposition side, putting some other elements in the opposition side like the YPG, which has been collaborating with the regime and attacking the moderate opposition.

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  • oposicióCatalan, Valencian
  • opoziceCzech
  • OppositionGerman
  • αντιπολίτευσηGreek
  • اپوزیسیونPersian
  • vastapuoli, vastaisuus, vastustaja, oppositio, vastarinta, vastustusFinnish
  • oppositionFrench
  • urchomhaireachtIrish
  • התנגדותHebrew
  • ellenkezés, ellenzés, ellenszegülés, ellenfél, ellenzék, szembenállásHungarian
  • ընդդիմությունArmenian
  • opposizioneItalian
  • 反対, 野党, 衝Japanese
  • ātetenga, āpitihana, mautohetangaMāori
  • oppositieDutch
  • oposiçãoPortuguese
  • împotrivire, oponent, opoziție, opunereRomanian
  • оппозиция, противник, противодействие, противоположность, оппонент, противостояниеRussian
  • oppositionSwedish
  • mpinzaniSwahili
  • karşıt, karşıtlık, muhalif, muhalefetTurkish

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